Exactly a month since my last review actually isn't all that bad of a wait for me. I can't believe I managed to watch five episodes during the last month considering how crazy the entire month was for me. It feels like it's been so much longer than that.
Now, I know that Naruto has had a lot of strange filler, but what was up with episode 271? I didn't expect much from that episode as soon as I realized it was about Sakura getting amnesia, but then, suddenly, it wasn't just amnesia but some alternate dimension person and just what? I still can't figure out what was going on. I can't figure out if the Sakura in the episode is the "real" Sakura in an alternate universe or if it's an "alternate" Sakura in the "real" Naruto universe. I have no idea what happened in that episode, and I watched the entire episode in a state of bewilderment.
Episode 272 and on made a lot more sense, and I enjoyed them so much more. Episode 272 really wasn't all that spectacular overall for me, but after having just watched 271, it was a welcome relief. I think it was a nice story as far as filler goes. A million times better than Sakura getting amnesia.
Episodes 273 and 274 are essentially two parts to the same story and one that I really liked. I enjoyed just about everything about those two episodes. I'll admit that I don't pay all that much attention to Choji most of the time, and these episodes made me feel really bad about it for a little bit. That one bit where he was talking about how no one would want to marry him really got to me, and the bits with the butterfly. I thought the whole thing was nicely done.
When I started episode 275, I was excited because I already had an idea of what was coming. I've been waiting and waiting for Naruto to finally realize what's going on, and now he has. I particularly liked the note that Iruka wrote for him ("Come back alive, no matter what."). That was such a nice moment.
That last episode has gotten me so excited to watch the rest. I feel like it's expected that I'll say something like that each time in these things, but it's true. Naruto finally leaving that island feels like such progress, and even though I'm not going to be surprised if there's more filler soon, I'm excited for getting more of the actual story. And I'm really just glad that the island is gone finally.